"I would like to steal a lot more bags next year."
Entering the 2006 season, Marvin Lowrance was one of the most highly regarded outfield prospects in the Nationals farm system. After battling injuries in 2005, Lowrance began to show signs of meeting his great potential with Potomac this season. We recently caught up with Marvin for a Q&A session. (Free Preview!)
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CapitolDugout.com: First of all, what are your overall thoughts on your 2006 season?
Marvin Lowrance: I didn't put up the numbers I was looking for but overall I learned a lot about the game. This was actually my first full season of ball due to the injuries in my past, and I learned that I have a lot more to learn about the game than I realized.
CapitolDugout.com: You mentioned you've learned a lot. What do you feel is the most important lesson that you learned?
Marvin Lowrance: I learned that baseball is more mental than I thought. No matter how bad things get, you have to have a short memory and stay positive. If you let your failures get to you, eventually the game will bury you.
CapitolDugout.com: Last off-season you mentioned that pitch selection was something you hoped to improve on in 2006. How far do you think you have come with that?
Marvin Lowrance: Bad pitch selection was a big part of my problems earlier on in the season. My selection of pitches improved as the year went on but it is still my biggest problem. The pitch that gives me the most trouble is the curve ball in the dirt. I have a tough time laying off of it.
CapitolDugout.com: Along with pitch selection, what are some other major improvements you'd like to make heading into next season?
Marvin Lowrance: My biggest goal this off-season is to lose weight and gain speed. I would like to steal a lot more bags next season.
CapitolDugout.com: This off-season, will you just be doing your workouts and things like that or are you going to be playing in a winter league as well?
Marvin Lowrance: I'm trying to get on a winter ball team right now, but I am not sure if that is going to work out.
CapitolDugout.com: As far as your defense is concerned, how would you rate yourself in that area at this point in your career?
Marvin Lowrance: Me and Brandon Powell always argue about this issue, and he says I'm just a sufficient outfielder. You know, nothing special but makes the majority of the plays. I feel like I'm a lot better in the outfield, but I still have a lot of work to do. I hope to one day be known as a real playmaker.
CapitolDugout.com: Switching gears for a minute, which of the pitchers you played with this year do you think you'd least like to face and why?
Marvin Lowrance: That's a tough one, but I'm going to have to go with Alex Morales because he competed every night he was on the mound no matter what the situation was.
CapitolDugout.com: Which position players that you played with this season impressed you the most?
Marvin Lowrance: At the plate, it would have to be Brandon Powell because he was consistent at the plate all year, and he hit for power and average. He's a smart hitter and a great base runner for his speed.
CapitolDugout.com: If a Nationals fan wanted to know about you, what type of player should they envision?
Marvin Lowrance: I'm an easy going guy who jokes around a lot. But, at the same time I take the game seriously and I'm working hard to improve my game day by day.
CapitolDugout.com: What are some of your overall goals for the 2007 season?
Marvin Lowrance: I would like to begin the 2007 season in Harrisburg and my goal is to play a great outfield, steal a lot more bags, and stay consistent with my approach at the play day in and day out. The key to my consistency is to focus for the three hours a day that I'm on the field.